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Friday, October 30, 2020

November 2020 Printable

November brings warm fall hues and we've integrated it with geometric shapes. 

As always, we hope you enjoy the printable and do remember to tag us if you use it! 

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Friday, October 23, 2020

REVIEW : NICHIBAN Masking Tape Dispenser/Cutter

We are on a roll (pun intended) with the washi tape cutter theme posts of late. Recently, I've noticed an increase amount of pictures/recommendations of this particular masking tape dispenser online. Ever the most easily swayed when it comes to new stationary, I hunted it down and purchased it almost immediately once i found it.

NICHIBAN Masking Tape Dispenser/Cutter 

There is a lever on the side which dispenses the tape as you press it down. Once you get the length of tape you want, you press the button on the opposite side and that cuts the tape. All this can be achieved with just one hand leaving you free to use the other hand to hold down what you need to be held together.

This cutter comes with a roll of masking tape but you can easily switch it out with tape you want to use. Anything that is 15mm width with a wide enough cardboard core should fit [as shown below with MT tape]

Masking tape that is thinner in width will work as long as the cardboard core fits.

Final thoughts : This is a really useful addition to my desk and I am considering buying another as a backup!


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Friday, October 16, 2020

Review: Daiso Washi Tape Cutter

There are many types of washi tape cutters in the market, one of my favourites is the Kokuya washi tape cutter and Daiso has released a version that looks really similar to it.

You get 2 cutters in the packaging which is such a good deal. 
However one of the cutters turned out to be faulty, but I had another one, so it worked out. 

Left: Kokuyo Right: Daiso

The Daiso cutter is slightly bigger and more boxy than the Kokuyo cutter. 

The clip mechanism is quite different too.
 Kokuyo's has 2 parts so it can adjust to the thickness of the washi tape roll, and it also has a series of grooves for better grip. 
Daiso's is more simple, it is just a plain clip with a small lip so the roll of tape doesn't fall off, in theory anyway. 

Kokuyo's has 1 set of fine metal teeth for tape cutting whilst Daiso's has 2 sets of plastic teeth, 1 fine, 1 coarse. 

The fine teeth on both are quite comparable when it comes to the cut tape edges however I found the metal one on the Kokuyo easier to use. 

I do like the coarse teeth on the Daiso tape cutter too, it gave the cut tape edge a more unfinished look which would look great in layouts. 

As you can see, Kokuyo's washi tape cutter is rounder, smoother and more ergonomic. 
It also has grip, so once you position the cutter, tearing the tape is super simple. 
This tape cutter also comes in 2 sizes to fit different widths of washi tape. 

Daiso's tape cutter is more basic and simple, it's longer which would mean it would fit most washi tapes without the need to own more than one. The disadvantage of the shape however, is that you would need to hold on to the cutter to get a good tear on the tape.

Both tape cutters are great however the Kokuyo tape cutter can cost 2-3 times more than Daiso's. The Kokuyo cutter also comes in more designs and colours. 

Kokuyo is more ergonomic so if you're someone who tears a lot of tape, I would recommend the Kokuyo tape cutter. 

However, if you only use the cutter occasionally, the Daiso would suffice, it is easy to use, produces nice cut edges and you get 2 pieces! 

Which one are you planning to buy? We'd love to know! 

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Review : PENTEL Pianissimo Revival LE Sideknock Mechanical Pencil


Japanese stationery brand PENTEL has relaunched one of its old collections Pianissimo; Mechanical Pencils that has a push button on the side.

The collection includes exact copies of its 1996 design as well as a series of updated designs.

For those of us who have lived through the era, this design is definitely nostalgic and it is so easy to use, it makes one wonder why it ever went out of style in the first place. So even if its not something you ever used before, its definitely worth trying out.

Have you tried the side click mechanical pencils before? 

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Review: 2 Lines Pen


I picked up these fun pens from a random bookstore recently.

The pens have a retro feel about that which I really liked. It looks like something I would've bought back in primary school. 

There are 6 colours and each pen tip is 0.5mm. 
The colours are pink/blue, blue/purple, darkblue/orange, green/blue, orange/brown and red/black.  

The colours are nice and pigmented and easy to write with. 

Angling the pen in different directions produces different results, all  of which look trippy and cool. 

Don't rub your eyes, the picture isn't blurry. It's the effect of the pens. 

It's perfect for journalling, diary or just for fun!

If you collect pens, this set is really fun. I definitely recommend this. 

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